Optimize Microsoft SharePoint to Collaborate with Confidence

By Matthew Bretzius posted 04-03-2013 11:12

  

Collaboration across borders is fundamental to business success, and many Fortune 500 companies appear to agree, as Microsoft reports that 70% of such companies use Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies for collaboration, business intelligence, and social computing. Still, every organization needs to improve worker efficiency and access to information while maintaining control over data security, privacy and compliance, allowing top-to-bottom Collaboration with Confidence.

Throughout this series, we’re going to discuss the many elements that lead to successful enterprise collaboration, while providing tips and best practices that will help increase business productivity throughout your organization. We will focus on four core pillars: Infrastructure Management, Governance, Compliance, and Productivity.   

Infrastructure Management

Platform reliability and availability are vital in order to satisfy stringent business requirements for constant collaboration and communication, as well as instill confidence in end-users. Subsequently, a robust infrastructure management strategy to support both cloud and on-premises environments – with comprehensive data protection; storage and growth management; and streamlined administration – is key. In this portion of the series, we’ll discuss the challenges of SharePoint infrastructure management, including minimizing the total cost of ownership, optimizing service level agreements (SLAs), and ensuring compliance, and tell you how you can face them head on with success.

Governance

Governance consists of the people, processes, policies, and technologies that deliver a service. If your organization does not have a governance plan in place for SharePoint, you’re already behind the eight ball because governance is a fundamental requirement for SharePoint success. We’ll tell you exactly what governance entails and what could happen if you don’t have a plan in place. We’ll also go over where you should start and share some tips along the way for how to successfully implement your governance strategy once your planning is complete.

Compliance

As collaboration and communication increases across organizations, the risk for a data breach rises as well. This makes it extremely important to reduce risk in order to enable compliance, and make sure the secure data is accessible to people who should have access to it while keeping it away from those who should not. Like governance, a compliance strategy is imperative for optimal SharePoint management, allowing organizations to protect the sensitive data without completely limiting access to it.

Productivity

One of the main goals of deploying enterprise collaboration software is to increase the productivity of your employees and organization, right? Fortunately, this goal can be reached through a variety of different avenues, including the use of Apps, cloud computing, and customer relationship management (CRM) software like Microsoft Dynamics. This pillar will discuss topics such as how to utilize Apps within your SharePoint deployment, how to implement the cloud into your existing SharePoint environment, and how CRM software should be used to ensure your customers are being managed correctly to forge long-lasting business relationships.

Our next post will dive right in to infrastructure management, as we discuss how to minimize the total cost of ownership of your SharePoint deployments. We’re looking forward to discussing all of the ways that you can collaborate with confidence!



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